Highest Russian volcano erupts

08 March 2005 | 11:32 Code : 4780 Geoscience events
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The highest Russian volcano, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, spewed rock and lava from its crater Monday, a local news agency reported.
 The highest Russian volcano, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, spewed rock and lava from its crater Monday, a local news agency reported.

Rock fragments blew 880 yards above the crater of the volcano on Kamchatka, the peninsula separating the Okhotsk and Bering seas in the eastern part of the country, the ITAR-TASS news agency said.

A column of steam with ash rose 4.8 miles above sea level and the lava stream coming down the western slope melted the glacier.Numerous local earthquakes also were recorded at the volcano, said Yuriy Demyanchuk, head of the volcano station based in the nearest city of Klyuchi.The 15,584-foot mountain with a steep, symmetrical cone is the highest on the peninsula.Klyuchevskaya Sopka is located 60 miles from the Bering Sea and 30 miles from the city of Klyuchi.The volcano's first recorded eruption was in 1697 and it has been frequently active ever since.


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